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Twenty-four Philly women are head coaches in D1 programs

Friday, 20th September 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 9/20/19
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There are 24 NCAA Division I women’s college programs in 2019-20 being coached by women that graduated from Philadelphia/South Jersey high schools.

Amy Bokker (Phoenixville) is one of the biggest names. She will be starting her first year as head coach at Ohio State after a successful 11-year stint at Stanford. She led the Cardinal to six conference titles and eight NCAA tournament appearances.

Bokker, the winningest coach in Stanford history, owns a record of 245-161 as a head coach over 23 seasons at American, George Mason and Stanford. The Phoenixville native also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team. In 2013, Bokker helped coach the U.S. to the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup title. After joining the staff as an assistant in 2010, Bokker helped coach the U.S. to its seventh world title as the Americans outscored opponents by a combined 127-34 over seven games in Oshawa, Ontario.

One new Philly grad to become a D1 coach is Colleen Dawson (West Chester) at William and Mary. Dawson was hired last week after spending five seasons as a St. Joe’s assistant. See story on her hiring.

Colleen Dawson

Also, Katie McConnell (Holy Cross-NJ) takes over at Lafayette. McConnell formerly had been head coach at Manhattan and was named Lafayette coach in July. See story.

And Jenna Dingler (Washington Township-NJ) recently as named head coach at Manhattan.

The list of returning coaches is headed by Navy’s Cindy Timchal (Haverford High, West Chester University), who won eight National titles at Maryland and is the winningest Division I coach of all time (525 victories). Now starting her 39th year as a head coach, she was inducted in 2012 year as a member of the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame.

Princeton’s Chris Sailer (Haverford High) has won three National titles and was selected to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008. Sailer begins her 34th season at Princeton and has guided the team to three NCAA championships, 11 national semifinal appearances, 25 NCAA tournament appearances and 15 Ivy League titles. Sailer ranks second in NCAA history among Division I coaches in victories behind Timchal, with 415 career wins, and has earned the national Coach of the Year award on three occasions, and has won six Mid-Atlantic regional Coach of the Year awards.

Temple’s Bonnie Rosen (Harriton) was inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009 and the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 2010.

Duke’s Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High) is the only coach the Blue Devils have had and in her 24 seasons at the helm she has compiled a 295-158 record, leading the Blue Devils to six national semifinals, four ACC regular season titles, an ACC Tournament Championship and 20 consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Virginia’s Julie Myers (Harriton) has the rare distinction of being a player, an assistant coach and a head coach for Cavaliers teams that won the NCAA crown.

Amanda O’Leary (Spring-Ford, Temple) has taken Florida to the NCAA quarterfinals (four times) and semifinals after launching the program just 10 years ago. She has a career record of 330-116, including 16 years at Yale.

Cornell’s Jenny Graap (West Chester East) has built an Ivy League and national title contender in 22 years. She has posted a 208-142 record at Cornell and a 229-186 mark in 24 years as a head coach.

Philly graduates coaching Division I women’s lacrosse team in 2019:
Amy Bokker (Phoenixville grad, coach at Ohio State)
Laura Cook (Penncrest, Sacred Heart)
Colleen Dawson (West Chester East, William and Mary)
Jill DePetris Batcheller (Archbishop Carroll, Drexel)
Jenna Dingler (Washington Township-NJ, Manhattan)
Chelsea Gamble (Moorestown-NJ, Oregon)
Jenny Graap (West Chester East, Cornell)
Heather Holt (Radnor, Old Dominion)
Alex Kahoe (Agnes Irwin, St. Joseph’s University)
Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High, Duke)
Laura Maness (North Penn, Kennesaw State)
Katie McConnell (Holy Cross-NJ, Lafayette)
Lauren Morton (Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Boston University)
Julie Myers (Harriton, Virginia)
Amanda O’Leary (Spring-Ford, Florida)
Regina Oliver (Pottstown, Cincinnati)
Bonnie Rosen (Harriton, Temple)
Chris Sailer (Haverford High, Princeton)
Kristen Selvage (Boyertown, Coastal Carolina)
Katrina Silva (Strath Haven, Robert Morris)
Cindy Timchal (Haverford High, Navy)
Michelle Tumolo (Clearview Regional-NJ, Wagner)
Lisa Vacca Evans (Downingtown High, Duquesne)
Julie Young (Germantown Academy, Villanova)


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